Segregation over Safety: The Dangers of Forced Development to Achieve p
A small preface, regarding my background as an author, I am a young man studying Biomedical Engineering, born and raised in Staten Island which allows a number of ugly assumptions one can make about me as a person. While I disliked my birthplace quite a bit, the landfill is far too intolerable for me not to care about it, with the occasional story of parks closing down due to radioactivity one hears growing up, and it’s immediate ever present presence.
Project Site Description:
Staten Island, or in more legal terms Richmond County, used to house the largest landfill in the world, opened in 1948 Fresh Kills Landfill was one of humanities biggest blemishes on our planet. The title of largest landfill in the world lasted from 1951 to the closing of Fresh Kills, in 2001. Fresh Kills was very busy, with the last barge of waste contained the toxic rubble and dust from the World Trade Center. All manner of toxic substances have been dumped in Fresh Kills throughout the years, with significant cleanup efforts in recent years. There are many questions surrounding the reasoning behind the worlds largest landfill being a short ferry ride away from the Big Apple. What was the purpose in creating the landfill? Why was the location of the landfill a white dominated suburb, an atypical location for waste sites. Most importantly to the specific case is, how did this landfill, shape the image Staten Island as it is known today. The answers to these questions should be representative of other situations across the country. Where city planning and development often jeopardize ecological safety and the wellbeing of citizens in favor of white dominating suburbanization.